CONTEST ENDS TOMORROW! Win $100 from The Ultimate Green Store in Inhabitots’ Pinterest Contest!

by 09/16/14   filed under: competitions, contest, education, food, green education, green family

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It’s here! Back to school season is in full swing and we want to help green your routine. We’re offering up the chance for TWO LUCKY WINNERS to win $100 worth of back-to-school essentials from The Ultimate Green Store! The two winners will have their ultimate green kid fully equipped for the upcoming school year. We’re looking for the best and brightest ideas to lower your tot’s environmental footprint. Two grand prize winners will each receive $100 to spend on eco-school supplies, and will get to choose from items like upcycled backpacks, BPA-free lunchboxes, stainless steel reusable water bottles, tree-free recycled pencil sets, and much more. The deadline for all submissions is September 17th at 11:59PM ET. Read on to learn how to enter!

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School in England is Fingerprinting Students in the Lunch Line to Monitor Their Diets

by 09/16/14   filed under: education, news, poll

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In what’s proving to be a controversial move, the Redhill School in Stourbridge, England will be fingerprinting their students in order to help reduce long lunch lines and to “monitor pupils’ diets.” The new cashless lunch system will require students to press a finger against a machine which will then convert the print into biometric data that identifies the student, tracking what they buy at lunch. Headteacher Stephen Dunster tells the Express & Star, “We are aiming to have a cashless system throughout the school. The catering system is better for parents because they don’t have to provide children with lunch money every morning. From our perspective it is far more efficient as it reduces waiting times.” An added bonus is that the system will let the school know if kids are making healthy, or not so healthy food choices. While Dunster notes that none of the students’ fingerprints will remain on file long-term, some civil liberties campaigners oppose the technology, claiming the information may be stored on school databases. Parents who feel the technology is too intrusive can refuse to let their kids be fingerprinted. The Express & Star also notes that some American schools have attempted to implement similar systems, but these attempts were met with parent anger due to privacy issues or technological problems. Still, with technology like this on the rise in other countries, it likely won’t be long before the USA catches on too. Plus, let’s be honest, with so many kids online and on social networks, privacy for kids is quickly becoming a moot point anyway.

Would you allow your child to be fingerprinted at school?

  • 2 Votes Yes, if it makes school transactions easier.
  • 4 Votes No, this is way too intrusive.
  • 0 Votes I'm not sure. Maybe.

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Kids Can Build Creative Forts Indoors or Outside With PL-UG Den Building Kits

by 09/16/14   filed under: eco play, green toys

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13 Idyllic, Organic Family Farm Stay Vacations Around the World

by 09/16/14   filed under: education, food, gardening, green holiday ideas for kids

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Colorful & Notched Kaleidos Blocks Take Building to a Whole New Level

by 09/15/14   filed under: eco play, green design, green toys

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Kaleidos is an award-winning “ColorToys” set of wooden blocks from Brinca Dada that not only allows children to discover an array of hues as they construct with 42 different colors, but shows them how blocks can be used for so much more than simply stacking. Kaleidos features unique notched blocks that allow for various combinations of hue, value, and intensity—the basic attributes of color. The notches let kids build out with their blocks rather than just stack them, plus the color design possibilities are even greater than you’d imagine because each block features natural wood grain on one side. Kaleidos was designed by renowned toy designer and early childhood education expert, Karen Hewitt of Learning Materials Workshop and this open-ended toy is sure to delight and educate your child as he/she plays. Made with safe, sturdy Beechwood and non-toxic, lead-free paints.

+ Kaleidos $50.00

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Get a Behind the Scenes Look at Sesame Street at The New York Public Library's Special Exhibit

by 09/15/14   filed under: kid friendly, kids entertainment, parenting

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You won’t need to ask for directions to get to Sesame Street anymore. The beloved show that taught you and your kids your ABCs and 123s is making its way to the New York Public Library this fall to celebrate 45 years on television! In collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Sesame Workshop is inviting parents and kids to experience the magic behind the making of the show and the chance to see Muppet favorites like Elmo, Grover and the Count up close and personal. Original scripts, story boards, line sheets and other behind-the-scenes props will be on display too. Kicking off September 18th, the exhibit, titled: “Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder,” isn’t one to miss! 

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MIT Researchers are Trying to Develop a Breast Pump That Doesn't Suck

by 09/15/14   filed under: breastfeeding, news

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On Sept 20th-21st, 2014, 150 parents, engineers, designers and healthcare providers will gather at the MIT Media Lab for the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon. Other than finding a perfect, less toxic daycare, breast pumps may well be one of the bigger problem issues facing working women today. Current breast pumps on the market don’t often function well enough for mothers who pump their breast milk. Even some of the better breast milk pumps available are too large, hard to transport, loud, and tough to use in a smaller space, such as an employee break-room, or heaven forbid the bathroom. MIT notes that other current breast pump problems include the following: “The motor is loud. There are too many parts. They are hard to clean. You can’t lay down and pump. There is no good space to pump. It’s hard to keep track of what you pump. Your colleagues think pumping is weird. People are skeeved out by breast milk. People are embarrassed by breasts.” Considering that only 43% of U.S. babies are actually being breastfed at six months of age, in spite of the benefits of breast milk, MIT is correct in thinking that the common breast pump needs a major overhaul.

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BPA-Free Seedling High Chair Has Adjustable Settings to Accommodate Babies in All Their Feeding Stages

by 09/14/14   filed under: green baby

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The Seedling High Chair by OXO is a great find because not only is it safe, easy to use and stylish, it will also accommodate your child from ages 4 months to 3 years via handy adjustment settings. The high chair features a contoured seat perfect for infants still on the bottle or sippy, and can recline back if they fall asleep right after feeding. Once your little one is self-feeding, Seedling easily adjusts to the perfect angle for babies to feed themselves and gain independence. If you’re teaching your baby to eat, there are five different height settings — so no matter if you’re standing or sitting, short or tall, this chair adjusts to your needs. Bonus, the depth-adjustable tray has different settings to accommodate your growing baby, and stores neatly away on the back of the chair’s legs when not in use. Check out other great features of this high chair below:

  • Large, comfortable and intuitive buttons for easy chair adjustments.
  • Tray cover is dishwasher safe for easy clean-up.
  • Cushion is stain resistant, wipeable and easily removable for machine washing.
  • Adjustable, 5-point safety harness provides maximum safety.
  • Tool-free assembly and adjustment.
  • Smooth, crevice-free surfaces stay easily clean and crumb-free.
  • BPA, PVC, and phthalate free.
  • Safe for tots up to 45 lbs.
  • 4 modern colors available including green, blue, graphite, and mocha.

+ Seedling High Chair $149.99

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